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Every 2nd Monday of the month at 7.30pm in the Memorial Hall, Leigh on Mendip

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Leigh on Mendip Community Coffee Mornings.

1st Monday of the month in the Memorial Hall from 9.45 to 10.45am.

Come along for a coffee and a chat! Everyone welcome.

Saturday, 31 October 2015



Early on Thursday morning I picked up June and Sue Rodford and drove to Denman College.  It takes about 2 hours and with good company in the car the time went quite quickly.  It was the first visit to Denman for June and Sue and fortunately the rain had stopped by the time we arrived and they were able to view the grounds.  We had coffee and pastries in the main House and then went into another building where the PDSA Event was taking place. 

It was a very professional and slick presentation but interesting with variety and humour.  We learnt about Maria Dickin who was the inspiration and founder of the PDSA (their Centenary is 2017 – so nearly as old as the WI!) and how the organisation has grown and expanded over the years.  Today there are 15 Pet Hospitals and 380 Pet Practices in the country.  They provide treatment for those people who would not be able to afford private practice costs.  All animals are treated when they arrive and their owners are asked afterwards to complete the necessary eligibility paperwork.  The organisation depends heavily on donations and legacies.

Maria was very passionate about the care of animals which included their bravery on active service.  She decided to introduce a special medal specifically for animals involved in wartime activities and in 1943 with the approval of the War Office the PDSA Dickin Medal was instituted.

Steve Leonard, from the TV programme ‘Vet School’ and ‘Vets in Practice’ (remember Trude?), is a supporter of PDSA and gave a very interesting talk on his life and career as a Vet – including programmes he has made for TV. 

A buffet lunch was provided and we had time to explore a little around the House and Gardens.  In the afternoon we were entertained by Colin McGurran, celebrity chef and PDSA supporter.  In 2014 he won a competition for his nostalgic Dickin medal dessert.  He cooked a variety of dishes and gave some useful tips.

I was left with the impression that the PDSA has a very keen and dedicated team.  There were a number of Admin staff and Veterinary Nurses on hand to answer any questions.  On leaving we were each handed a ‘goody bag’ with leaflets on PDSA and ways in which we could support them.  If any of you want more information the link to their website is:

And finally some of the PDSA staff asked us about the WI – so you never know we may have recruited some new members at their local Institutes.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Monthly Meeting - Monday 12 October

The Group Centenary group meeting in September had been a great success and enjoyed by all who attended. Caroline thanked all the helpers with particular mention of June and Hazel for their brilliant sketch. Anther recent WI event was the Friday lunch at the Bell and some members went to the Women of World War One evening at Kilmersdon. Marguerite had attended the latter and found it to be a very well executed and enjoyable evening.

Coming events included the next WI lunch in the Bell on 6th November, the carol service at Wells on Dec 4th and our Christmas meal at the Strode on Monday 7th Dec. 7.30 for 8.00. Menu choices, at £16.95 for two courses and £19.95 for three, need to be with Mary by 20th November, cheques payable to The Strode Inn.  Looking even further ahead our birthday party on Thurs 28th Jan will be a skittles evening in the Bell, friends, husbands, partners all welcome but note no food included.

Our speaker John Craig was an ex senior firefighter of some 37 years’ experience. In his talk “Going to Blazes” he concentrated on the lighter side of his career. There were some very funny stories told with excellent timing and even some character acting using his voice to portray an aristocratic lady or American colonel. A very good speaker to judge from the laughter coming from the members.

At our meeting at 7.30pm on the 9th November Colin Horn will give us his “Round the Horn” talk. Judging from a similar one at an Active Living Centre meeting, this is not to be missed!